Bready blew the Long's SuperValu title race wide open on Wednesday evening with a comprehensive 5-wicket win over leaders Strabane.

Both sides went into the game minus key players but it looked a tall ask for David Scanlon's team to chase down the Red Caps' 180 with such an inexperienced line up.

Professional Ernest Kemm was to be the hero for his side however as he held the innings together when Strabane tried to turn the screw.

The South African finished unbeaten on 75, 8 fours in his patient knock while Mattie Barr (25), David Rankin (16) and Mark Olphert (15) all chipped in.

The turning point was to be an unbroken 61-run stand between Kemm and skipper Davd Scanlon (25 not out) as the visitors just couldn't get through to the tail.

This result was great news for Bready, but also Brigade who now go joint top after their crushing win in Donemana.

At Magheramason, Bready beat Strabane by 5 wickets

D Rankin run out 16
M Barr c McDermott b Gallagher 21
E Kemm not out 75
D Allen c G Gillespie b Gallagher 4
A Lucas b Robinson 13
M Olphert run out 15
D Scanlon not out 25
Extras 14
Total (5 wkts, 47.2 overs) 183

Fall 1-30 2-57 3-70 4-100 5-122

Bowling- T Mupariwa 8-1-27-1; R Patton 7-0-24-0; M Snodgrass 6-3-11-0; R Gallagher 10-2-32-2; J Robinson 10-0-44-1; M Bentley 6.2-0-38-0